City of Minneapolis – July Food Establishment Newsletter


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July 2015

Food Establishment News

MPS Farm to School Fall Internship

The Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Nutrition Services department is hiring Fall 2015 Farm to School interns! Please spread the word!

Do you like kids, local food, education, and being on the cutting-edge of the Farm to School movement?! This is a part-time, unpaid, hands-on internship that can count towards a major-required internship, course credit or service learning credits. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.

Applications are due August 28th for the internship starting early September ending mid-December.

Find more information and application instructions by clicking here.

Local Food Policy Student Internship

The Minneapolis Sustainability Office is seeking to fill a part-time paid internship position to assist with local food policy and Homegrown Minneapolis efforts beginning in September of 2015. This position will support the work of the Homegrown Minneapolis/Local Food Policy Coordinator. The duration of the position will be one year.

Some key projects for 2015-16 include supporting the work of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council including recruitment, outreach and the Annual Open house; and support of other key research and projects related to the local food economy, healthy food access, urban agriculture system needs and farmers markets.

Find more information right here.

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HACCP Training for Processors &
Implementing SQF Systems

National Sanitation Foundation is offering courses certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International HACCP Alliance throughout the US.

HACCP Training for Processors

This 2 day course introduces employees of the food industry to the concepts of HACCP, and satisfies the HACCP training requirement for the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) approved standards (BRC, SQF, FSSC2200, etc.).

Implementing SQF Systems

This 2 day course is designed to prepare an individual to meet the SQF Practitioner requirements by promoting an understanding of the SQF Code 7.2 Edition and providing a detailed knowledge base to participants to facilitate the successful implementation and maintenance of an SQF System.  An examination is optional after taking this course in order to receive a certificate from SQFI.

To read more about the training courses listed above, as well as several others (including webinars) visit through this link.

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Apply to the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council

Apply and impact local food policy and food systems! This citywide initiative is expanding our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.

Help support our residents and increase access to quality food, address hunger and food insecurity, connect sectors of the food system, influence policy and decision making and ensure an environmentally sustainable and socially just food system.

Read more and apply to serve as a Member right here.

Proposed Food Code Language Posted Online

The Minnesota Food Code has been under revision for the past several years.

Draft language has been posted online for each chapter. The draft proposed language can be foundhere for review.

The Minneapolis Health Department will be hosting another community forum for food establishments to provide comments about the proposed language in the fall.

Watch for more information. In the meantime, you can submit comments or questions to the Minnesota Department of Health here.

Photo from previous Somali Forum Meeting

Save the Date: August Somali Forum

The next Somali Community Business Forum will be
August 25, 2015
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Abubakar Islamic Event Center
2824 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Topics to be discussed are:

  • Support for businesses including sharia compliant loans.
  • Minneapolis Police Department rules for officers working off-duty.
  • Buying tobacco products and youth compliance checks.
  • Food Safety training classes in Somali

Somali food dish being prepared

Food Safety Classes in Somali

In response to requests from Somali business owners, the Minneapolis Health Department is sponsoring food safety training classes in Somali.

Three sessions of food safety training classes taught in Somali will be offered in July and August at the Midtown Global Market basement meeting room, 920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN.

Sessions run from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm for three days.

A Certified Food Manager exam will be given on the third day.

Session 1: July 20, 21, and 22
Session 2: August 3, 4, and 5
Session 3: August 17, 18, and 19

Cost is $50 for food workers and operators working in businesses licensed by the City of Minneapolis.
Cost is $150 for non-Minneapolis business operators.

To register, contact:
Farhiya Farah

More training sessions will be offered in the fall.

Online Health Inspections Update

Over a dozen people turned out on June 30 to discuss questions around health inspections going online. A few examples of websites from other cities and counties were reviewed. Opinions varied over the following topics that were covered:

• Lapse in time from date of inspection to online posting of the inspection report

• Online posting of previous inspection reports

• How long reports are to remain online

• Documenting change in ownership

• Explanation to the public of the severity of violationsThe next meeting will be at the end of August. At that meeting the Health Department will show a draft of how the information on the city’s website could look.

The next meeting will be at the end of August. At that meeting the Health Department will show a draft of how the information on the city’s website could look.

Watch for more information in the August newsletter!

New Cottage Food law goes into effect!

Effective July 1, 2015, Minnesota’s Cottage Food law was updated and expanded.

As you probably know, stakeholders across the state, including the Minneapolis Health Department, have been working for months to revise this law. With the revisions, there are changes that affect Minneapolis market vendors.

The biggest change immediately impacting Minneapolis’ home processors is they are now required to register with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). The City of Minneapolis will no longer accept applications. Instead, operators must submit their application to the MDA.

The City of Minneapolis recognizes the MDA needs time to approve all the applications. Vendors currently registered with the City of Minneapolis may continue to operate at Minneapolis markets while the applications are processed.

There are additional changes that also affect the amount of allowed sales and expanded venues for selling home processed products. For more information, please visit the MDA website.

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